SOURCE: W.S. Darley & Co.

W.S. Darley & Co.

March 31, 2014 03:00 ET

W.S. Darley & Co. to Offer Robots for First Responders

Company Signs Distribution Agreement With iRobot

ITASCA, IL--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) -  W.S. Darley & Company has announced that it is now distributing iRobot's line of tactical mobile robots to the fire and emergency service markets.

iRobot's proven tactical mobile robots protect those in harm's way and save lives every day. They perform multiple missions for public safety professionals, enhancing situational awareness, reducing risk and increasing operational success. More than 5,000 have been delivered to customers worldwide.

The robots are modular, adaptable and expandable. They are able to employ a variety of payloads, cameras and sensors to enable a wide range of operations, including HazMat, SWAT, reconnaissance, bomb disposal, and vehicle and building inspections. By relaying real-time video, audio and sensor data, the operator is able to stay at a safe standoff distance while investigating potentially hazardous environments and objects. This includes the identification and detection of dangerous chemical, radiological and organic compounds.

"We are excited to work with iRobot to make these robots available to fire and emergency services personnel. Our partnership brings two industry leaders together to address these important markets," said Kevin Sofen business development manager at W.S. Darley & Company.

"For more than a decade, iRobot's defense and security robots have proven their value to customers worldwide," said Tom Phelps, director of robotic products -- North America for iRobot's Defense & Security business unit. "Robots are ideal tools for those in the public safety, fire and emergency services sectors. They can be used to address a wide range of challenges while increasing operational success and keeping people safe. We look forward to working with W.S. Darley & Co., expanding the presence of robots in these areas."

iRobot will be showcasing its multi-mission 510 PackBot and five-pound, throwable 110 FirstLook robots in the W.S. Darley & Company booth #1423 at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) on April 7 - 12 in Indianapolis. The company's line of robots also includes the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) and model 710, an almost 500-pound robot that lifts heavy objects and carries heavy payloads. W.S. Darley & Company believes that the iRobot solutions for land will complement its current line of unmanned aerial robotic solutions (UAV's) in providing First Responders with more information to help them better perform their missions.

About W.S. Darley & Company:

Since 1908, W.S. Darley & Company has passionately served the world's first responder and tactical communities by providing high quality, safe and innovative products with unmatched commitment and service.

Contact Information

  • Company contact:
    Kevin Sofen
    Email Contact
    325 Spring Lake Dr.
    Itasca, IL 60143 USA
    Phone: 630-735-3500